Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – Breakthrough

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective date: August 18th 2016

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back. – “Jabberwocky” poem in “Through The Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

Aquarius Fulll Moon in Sun Leo with a Virgo Stellium = Through empowering, awakening, and liberating ourselves can we can learn how to best serve humanity.  In order to lead, you must first learn how to follow.  In order to make change, you must first learn how to make change within yourself.  Listen, everyone.  I know you have been told this narrative where you and the exterior world are two separate things that do not intermingle.  Whatever you think in your head couldn’t possibly appear in reality.  I’m sorry, but this narrative is simply not true.  We co-produce this reality.  We are sitting in the situation we are sitting in today because we all consciously chose to play along with the collective narrative.  We are Live Action Roleplaying, guys.  We will all wake up tomorrow morning, rub the sand out of our eyes, and continue to carry on the narrative.  We will become entranced by all of the stimuli we are given, all of the false anxieties and fears – about the world and about each other.  This enchantment will throw us back into the cycles over and over and over again.  Here’s the thing, everyone.  Sometimes the greater powers of the universe, systems and cycles more ancient than our little waves here on earth, part the sea and give us a chance to see clearly these cycles and choose to smash them.  The shitty part?  It’s like having a fucking heroine addiction.  It is violent to our physical being to make choices that break our cycles.  As painful as it is to stay awake when your body is screaming for you to go back into the comfort of sleep, you must stay awake.  Grab your vorpal blade and stab the Jabborwocky in the face.  This is your chance.

The Sun (Judgement), The Moon (The Fool), Mercury (Knight of Cups), Jupiter (Death), Chiron (Ace of Wands) and Uranus (The Star)-  This combination is pure fire.  The Sun and The Moon are telling us something is definitely coming to an end, and Death rearing it’s head representing Jupiter solidifies this message.  Judgement day has come, my friends.  Well, one of many judgement days you will have throughout your life.  It’s time to make a decision and start anew.  The Fool is outside of the tarot.  He is ZERO because he looks on at the cycle of the tarot from the outside.  This is your chance.  You have the ability to make a choice that will put you outside of your karmic cycle.  The Sun, our goal in astrology, is at home in roaring Leo, and the Moon in Aquarius lets us change our usual reactions – lets us step away and look at things from the outside.  Uranus will reveal a good deal to us that we couldn’t see before.  He is like a crack of lightening, and the eureka moments will electrify  you as if out of nowhere.  But then you will see.  You will see all the tributaries and how everything connects and how your major cycles have come to a head again.  We will see our goals loud and clear, we see where we need to go, and we will not be able to hide from it.  So what are you going to do?  Uranus is giving us the answer here; choose change.  Hope, healing, and transcendence, the Star, is sitting on the planet of Rebellion.  This Full Moon comes right after Uranus shifts into retrograde, making him more potent than ever.  We will be tested.  Are we willing to fight for what we truly believe in?  Are we willing to rebel against corruption in the world and in ourselves?  It is time to free yourself, and in doing so, free those around you.  Mercury is the Knight of Cups.  Your words will ring true.  Speak your truth, communicate with each other.  We live in a very Aquarian age.  We have these devices in front of us that allow us to communicate with peers like never before.  You can find your tribe, you can speak to them, you can change the narrative together.  Aquarius Moon asks the Leo Sun:  Why, instead of working as a collective, do we continue to choose petty ego games?  Snicker-snack, pick up the vorpal blade.  It is time for you to kill the part of you that isn’t ready to fight.  The Jabborwocky is a figment of the Wonderland characters’ imaginations.  The Jabborwocky is all of your fears and anxieties.  It is a monster created out of pure thought bubbles.  This moon is your vorpal blade, and instead of choosing to bury yourself back in the illusions because you are hurt and scared, use your pain and transcend (Chiron and the Ace of Wands).  We can only learn about ourselves through the reactions we create while interacting with others and our environment.  When you become aware of your influence on the world and others, and their influence on you – and the permeable wall between everything – you can begin to understand the real power of Uranus and change.  If you decide to  do this, I must warn you about Uranus; he either brings breakthrough or breadown – enlightenment or madness.  Your key to all of this is Virgo; the method you take.  Uranus is trine the Sun, meaning any change you take in your life that is aimed at your higher ideals will come with rewards.  That is how you keep away from the madness – be true and stop fucking lying to yourself about what you want.  Stop lying to yourself about the state of the world, our government, and our prevailing culture.  It is time to fucking rock the boat.  Viva la fucking revolution!

Venus (5 of Pentacles) and Pluto (7 of Pentacles)-  From highest to lowest.  Neptune in this reading is the King of Pentacles and Venus is the beggar of the tarot, the 5 of Pentacles.  Venus will also be situated in Virgo while Neptune is situated in Pisces.  Pluto will be pressing Venus, telling her it is time (7 of Pentacles).  For what?  Well, this is a bit of an eerie play on things.  What does Pluto usually do to lovely maidens?  Drags them back into the underworld with him.  The Capricorn full moon was about facing our chains – our devil – and now is our time to run toward the Star – the way out of this forest.  So fucking pick up your spear and fucking run.  You’re not going to get dragged back in this time.  Love, for people and for things that pull you back, will become intoxicating.  You are going to have to fight a very seductive illusion.  It will feel urgent and animalistic.  It’s time for the Maiden (Virgo) to pick up the Spear (Mars squaring her is Justice – do the right fucking thing or else).  This is a time to assert yourself and your worth. Tap into that love/desire combo from the Venus/Mars square.  Become obsessed with your higher vision, and leap.  You’ll either fall, or you will sail like an arrow.  Leap of faith?  Now is the time to change.  Now is the time to transform.  7 of Pentacles.  Don’t let the fruit rot on the vine.  If you don’t pick it now, you’re going to have to wait a full cycle for the next (karmic) harvest.  Through the bombardments we have received this year, we have come to a point where we see clearly because we are sitting in the rubble.  The tower is falling and the way out is clear.  Will you be brave enough to pick up the spear and actually put your ideas to action?    

Mars (Justice), Saturn (Three of Swords) and Neptune (King of Pentacles)-  Saturn is going to fuck with us a little here.  He is bringing some hard as fuck truths, illuminations, but you wont be happy to hear them.  Maybe they will be the trigger you need to move outside of your cycle?  Maybe it will take a stab in the heart (or back) to finally get you to care enough about yourself to rebel against your predicament.  This is where you separate the strong from the weak.  The weak will take this heartbreak, betrayal, shattering of dreams, what have you, and lay down and settle back deeper into the dream.  The strong will take this as a sign that it is time to take matters into their own hands.  The scales are being reset.  Justice will reign down on us whether we like it or not, and we will be judged for the service or disservice we have done to humanity.  Will you swallow your pride and take the hand that you have been dealt and learn to play it?  The illusion is being split and we are seeing the gears underneath the machine.  This is like the nightmare that wakes you up.  Will you choose to go back to sleep or will you choose to allow the frightening to push you back into being an active participant of your reality?  Remember, in the end, you can only ever save yourself.  This is the “coldness” you sense in Aquarius.  We Aquarians ARE humanitarians.  We care deeply for every human being on this planet, but we know, in the end, we can only truly save ourselves.  We must be able to love ourselves to become indestructible.  With the Leo sun looming overhead, empowerment of the self is a huge component of this energy coming in from this Full Moon partial Eclipse.  It tells us that to change the world, we must first change ourselves.  So let’s do it.  Let’s drink from Aquarius’ LSD koolaid (what do you think we carry in that pitcher?), and become active participants in our reality and the revolution that is knocking on our door – begging us to come out and play.

Saturn Direct – The Heights

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Date: August 13th, 2016

“Don’t fight forces, use them.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

Cards:  The Chariot, 9 of Pentacles, 10 of Swords, The Sun

Woooooosh, here we are, in the heights.  We climbed this motherfucking mountain of Karma the past few months, and here we are, proving our Will is stronger than the cycles that trap us.  Well, I guess some of us.  I know that the majority of you are still stuck near base camp, making up excuses why it’s so much better to be in a safe, warm camp than it is to make the arduous journey UP.  Have fun down there, losers.

The Chariot.  For those of you with guts who have been following the currents at play, get your barrings straight because if you fall from here it’s literally all fucking downhill.  The full moons during Saturn Retrograde period should have lit a fire under your ass.  Saturn teaches us restriction, hard work, limits, and all those fun little things we like to ignore and throw tantrums about.  We go from a Capricorn full moon to more Capricorn inspired punishment in the form of Saturnean inertia.  Remember how I told you that Saturn Retrograde period was double karma time?  Aye, well, I hope you were doing your Work (Saturn’s favorite word), or Saturn will now commence in eating you alive.

Saturn, the Lord of Karma and Time, is synonymous with “Satan” (Saturn… Satan… yep).  Its easy to get trapped in worry and anxiety that comes from Saturn.  Sometimes, because of his punishments in the past, we get a bit traumatized and nihilistic.  The thing is, those hard lessons were meant to help you learn how to actually fly and were there to smash some strongly held illusions.  Saturn will take your life if you don’t listen to him.  Metaphorically speaking, this is very true.  If you ignore restriction and boundaries that actually exist in the world, you will die.  You will hit a wall.  We are trapped in Saturn’s labyrinth, with time sandwiching us on either side and the walls of restriction leading us to dead end after dead end.  But there is a way out… just put your ear to the ground and listen to the wooshing winds (get fucking moving, protect your core and move move move the chariotthrough your battlefield).  It’s easier from up here, at the top, looking back at the karma that has shown it’s face to us the past few months.  Don’t be afraid to look at it.  Don’t be afraid to recognize it for what it is.  Truth hurts.  Truth slices and dices, but it shows you what really is so that you may use the forces that are present to actually DO something instead of sinking in a whirlpool of Maya.  Remember, a kite needs the resistance of the wind to fly.    

What are your cycles?  What keeps you trapped?  It is merely a flick of the mental switch.  Saturn retrograde taught us how to look outside of the (black) box.    

A lot of the people coming to me for readings lately have been addressing the idea of changing perspectives on poisonous cycles in their lives.  This is fucking fantastic because that is exactly what Saturn Retrograde period was about.  Did you make decisions you usually wouldn’t have made?  Did you try and excel?  Did you move outside of your comfort zone and self imposed restrictions?  Well, if you didn’t, you’re getting an even bigger boulder put over your cave.  I guess you’ll see the light in a few years when the stars are favorable again, or you will commence with the demolition of all of your new karmic rubble (should have taken advantage of changing when it was easiest).

So here are the two directions we are moving in; either you figured out the true balance between you and the restrictions in your life (9 of pentacles) or you got scared and jumped right back into your comfortable cycles, preparing yourself for ruin once again (1o of swords).  I know it’s hard as fuck to fight through the emotional attachments we have to our cycles, but if we don’t, we will never see the sun – we will never see the lightness of being that can come from detaching from things that actually have never fucking served us.

With Saturn pulling itself direct again, and Uranus going retrograde, you can expect a lot of the chaos that is about to ensue to be a part of the grand plan.  It may look like pure fucking rebellious chaos – on your part or the world’s (remember, as above so below, as micro so macro) – but sometimes the world requires a bit of a shake up for you to see which walls are the real walls and which ones are mere mirrors of illusion.  So shake shit up, see what stands, and use what is standing as a tool instead of something to cry about.  “I look for what needs to be done.  After all, that’s how the universe designs itself,” says Buckminster Fuller.  


Venus in Virgo – Discretion

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Date- August 5-31, 2016

“I got my feet on the ground
And I don’t go to sleep to dream
You got your head in the clouds
And you’re not at all what you seem” – Fiona Apple 

Cards:  6 of Cups, Death, Strength

Ugh, I can already see Venus in Virgo with some sexy glasses, thwaping her ruler into her palm and shaking her head.   It’s a confusing sort of terror.  We are going to get punished for our careless, love drunk mistakes, but her corrections are necessary.  They are NEEDED as Jupiter moves into Libra and puts a dramatic focus on our relationships.  Remember, tower year, and that includes the destruction of the shoddy towers we create in our romantic life.  You naive motherfuckers, you built on shaky ground.  It’s fine.  We are all naive to some degree.  It’s hard not to be when it comes to issues of the heart.  We have been spoon-fed the dominant culture’s version of ideal love our whole lives, so reality slaps are going to be a bit harsh for those of us who still believe these downright fairy-tales (no offense to the Fae).  Un/fortunately, corrections are on the horizon.  Virgo is going to beat the shit out of us a little bit more as Jupiter makes his transition from Virgo into Libra.  What to do when you know something is wrong?  Well, the cards tell me you must kill it.

Aaah, you have your complaints, you have your critical eye placed directly on your relationships (the Death card is ruled by the Zodiac detective Scorpio).  Love isn’t always roses and bunnies, it is also war (why do you think so many love goddesses were also war goddesess).  Illusions are a big theme in this ingress – and breaking those illusions will be key.  Hopefully the lessons of Venus in Leo don’t leave us with too much of an inflated ego.  Developing a healthy ego that has the ability to navigate through reality is very important, but letting that ego get into the mode of playing power games is downright horrible.

This is all about finding our higher love octave as Neptune will be opposing Venus.  Neptune will still be in retrograde during this time, so the illusions our love life is built on will be stripped like crazy.  There will be a death of fantasy and a devastating blow to our universe.  If you are having an affair, you better figure out a way to gain some integrity back into your life – like talking to your partner about having an open relationship or fucking leaving them if you aren’t happy.  Remember, Virgo is all about integrity.  If you are lacking it, she will punish you.  Use your discretion here.  How will you approach the topic?  How will you break it down?  How will you be of true service to yourself and your partner?  Virgo is all about betterment and making sure the structures are sound so that the next earth sign, Capricorn, may build on a good foundation.  Remember, all towers eventually fall, so it’s best to be alone than in a relationship where you are building false structures with someone.  The fall from the top is going to hurt a lot fucking more than ending it any time prior.  Integrity will, in the end, save everyone.

There is a tremendous strength to be found in having the courage to end things when they need to end.  Honesty is true justice, and all hearts eventually heal.  We must see the reality of our lovers – their flaws up close and personal – and we must decide if their person is our partner in crime or holding us back from the most honest life possible.  This transit will finally give you the ability to see clearly what has been literally staring you in the face the entire time.  This transit doesn’t equal the end of every and all relationships.  The death of illusion can, and will, bring some of us even closer together.  Sometimes we hold ideas about our relationships that aren’t true at all (he thinks I’m annoying or she thinks that I’m too critical), when, in fact, the opposite is true.  It’s quite crazy how potent illusion can be and how we can completely trick ourselves into believing two different things at the same time.  We can be told by everyone around us that something seems off about a situation, it doesn’t matter, we will still believe the thing we desire to perceive instead of the reality of the situation.  This doesn’t mean love is somehow false – only that we build on false love all the time.  We are, in the end, truly our worst enemy. 


Mercury in Virgo – Gambit

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Date: 07/31- 10/8/16 (Retrograde 8/30-9/22)

“It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.” – Sr. Francis Bacon

Cards:  The Fool, Ace of Pentacles, The Tower

It’s a whole new world after the events of this summer, folks, and Mercury going into Virgo, then retrograding, is going to teach us lessons of letting go.  The Fool and the Ace of Pentacles are our primary lessons here.  You must let go of your faulty foundations before this tower comes crashing down.  I’ve been blah blah blahing about this being Tower Year for some time now, so as everything detonates around us, and you don’t have any sturdy legs to stand on, please do not come crying to Artemis.  This three card spread urges me “let go of the bullshit, the shackles, the perceived duties you have in your life, and build your own foundation.”

A problem that Virgo faces is being too much of a service to others.  They actually give a shit about lifting people up, and figuring out why shit works and how to better it.  People have issues with Virgos because their primary objective is integrity in life.  So very fucking sorry if the integrity of your looming dark tower of a life is lacking, because we have more detonations to our lives to come.  Congratulations to those of you who actually give a shit, because the collapse of everyone else’s towers is going to fucking LAUNCH YOU to the sky.  Virgo invites more toxic behavior from dead weight in our lives.  They will use this energy opportunity to drown you with them – suck you into their psychosis and vampire off of your spirit.  You cannot allow this.  Leo into Virgo will be our time to establish our self worth and not fucking let go.

Virgo season is going to come down on us hard.  Muster up all of the delicious Leo confidence while you can, because you will be tested left and right to see if your integrity stands.  Oh, and did I mention the anxiety that is going to come along with this planetary shift?  Virgo is a Mercury ruled planet, and thus it is busy and extremely cerebral.  You need to counter this by getting grounded, getting into your body, and finding a physical structure to hold on to.  This physical practice is not only going to give you the support to get through the detonations still to come (like the Eclipse coming at us), but it will boost your health and your strength.

You need to be true to your changes.  If you know something is correct, or if you know something is your path, you must head out in that direction now.  If you don’t, you’re going to get sucker punched repeatedly in the coming months (and god help you when these shadows manifested now come back to haunt you in Scorpio season).  It is time to practice what you preach.  That’s what Virgo is all about; the practice.  The doing.  The method.  Figure it out, for yourself, and keep your head sharp.  You are building your Oathkeeper.

Even though Virgo is a Mercury ruled sign, she is also an earth sign.  Remember that.  Learning new things, setting up new foundations based on integrity, and figuring out how this can work for your tribe while you push away the toxic waste human beings is the lesson.  Let go, adventure, learn, build on that learning, and you wont have to worry about destruction of your life because you understand reality behaves like an ever changing spiral – slowly coiling your life in a different direction.  Instead dying in the rubble of this Tower year, you will gain inspiration, euphoria, and elation.  It hurts to shed your skin, but once that constricting waste is gone and you’ve cried your tears, you will see – gnosis.

New Moon in Cancer – Life/Blood

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Date- July 4th, 2016

“Water: 35 liters, Carbon: 20 kg, Ammonia: 4 liters, Lime:1.5 kg, Phosphrus: 800 g, salt: 250g, saltpeter:100g, Sulfer: 80g, Fluorine: 7.5 g, iron: 5.6 g, Silicon: 3g, and 15 other elements in small quantities…. thats the total chemical makeup of the average adult body. Modern science knows all of this, but there has never been a single example of succesful human trasmutation. It’s like there’s some missing ingredient….. Scientists have been trying to find it for hundreds of years, pouring tons of money into research, and to this day they don’t have a theory. For that matter, the elements found in a human being is all junk that you can buy in any market with a child’s allowence. Humans are pretty cheaply made.” 
― Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1

I officially dub this the alchemists’ new moon. I am simultaneous terrified and excited about this one. Being a Uranean ruled individual, I have a love for rebellion and change.  But I also know what un-directed rebellion and change lead to.  Choices, choices, what are we to do? We are being forced to create something, to change something, and violently at that. Cancer relates to the Chariot in the Tarot, another card, like the Lovers, about combining of forces to create something more; something that can get us the fuck out of here. Thankfully, our intuition (Cancer) is in charge of this chemical reaction before we get into Leo season, where we will have to demonstrate everything we have learned. But first, we will be forced to act, forced to bleed for the choices we have made the words we have spoken. It is a time to cast lies aside and meet the forces of nature head on. So, chemical reactions… Are we going to create gold just in time for Leo season, or are we going to create a bomb?

The Sun (King of Cups), Moon (Lovers), Mercury (4 of Cups), Saturn (7 of Swords) and Neptune (Page of Wands)–   So we have a big fucking mirror right here, folks.  All of those pesky anxieties Cancer is so well known for are all clustering up in the same spot.  Resolve, resolve, resolve, this moon screams, and make your choices carefully.  Be very careful, my loves, for this new moon will pit your darkest anxieties against you.  What if I’m not good enough?  Mercury in the 4 of Cups makes me nervous, but it also tells me a very important detail.  In the Waite depiction of this card, a person is sitting under a tree with three cups set before him.  He is deep in contemplation about the 3 cups while a disembodied hand, stretching from a puffy cloud, is attempting to hand him a 4th cup.  We are literally being handed our answers and we are refusing to accept them.  Is something not as ideal as you expected?  Does something shatter your idea of some sort of “rules” you’ve set for yourself?  (btw “rules” are out the window with Uranus and the way he is behaving right now)  We really need to start LOOKING at things when they are presented to us.  Your mind will dodge uncomfortable anxieties, but Mercury in Cancer will force you to bleed out the contents of your heart.  Let’s make our way out of this maze of mirrors, shall we?  The Sun is jolly old King of Cups.  Well if that doesn’t immediately tell me that this new moon will be about other people, I don’t know what will.  Ok, I know, you’re terrified to open your heart to others and tell them how you really feel, because that means things are going to change.  But remember, guys, nature tells us that if things do not change, they fucking die.  And yes, change is scary.  Change means you have to start trying again, and you have to start working on things and untying knots.  As one of my favorite poets, Barbara Chase-Riboud, says “Everytime a knot is undone, a God is released.”  Oh, gods, look at Saturn sitting all smugly with the 7 of Swords in his hand.  FML we are going to get slapped in the face with our selfish choices and have to grow some ovaries to face them.  Cry, my friends, open up and fucking cry.  If you don’t resolve your emotional issues with those closest to you, you are not going to survive Leo season’s wrath (and Leo rules the Heart and The Sun).  You can’t build a persona that is capable of dealing with the hell that life throws at you if you are being a selfish, egotistical fuck.  Your selfish, egotistical fuckness is just going to get worse when we start getting that Leo energy in the air.  An egotistical Leo is a piece of shit Leo, and a Leo who realizes it is really all about the tribe makes a powerful leader.  I hope you all can see the terror in my astral eyes right now, because I am honestly worried about a lot of people.  This reminds me of the time I did ayahuasca and as I was kneeling over a bucket, puking out my brains, this old woman said to me, “If you don’t purge out all that darkness before we begin the ritual, you wont be able to manifest a stable future.  It’s only your bad karma leaving your body.”  Now resolve that shit, guys.  Open your heart.  Tell people what you really mean.  Your heart needs to strengthen, and to do that it needs to be cracked the fuck open first.  The Japanese mend broken objects by filling their damage with gold.  They believe that the suffering item has a history, and thus it alchemicaly becomes something more beautiful.  Now let that sword of truth plummet into your heart, clean those wounds during this Cancerean opportunity, and fill the holes with the gold that is coming straight for us in Leo season.  If you start feeling other people’s hurt during this season, do not panic.  Mercury in Cancer and the Moon in Cancer are doing double work to make us well aware of the wounds of our tribe.  Empaths beware, this is going to be a very heavy season.  Become the wounded healer.

Venus (Ace of Swords), Mars (7 of Wands) and Uranus (The World)–  *Artemis puts on combat boots*  VIVA LA REVOLUTION!  What does it take for a people to change?  Something that attacks their heart.  Kill their family.  Kill their dreams.  Kill that one thing that they really value and love.  New Moons, though, are about inner work (and in this new moon’s case, inner work involving other people and our relationships to them).  What inside of ourselves are we so fraught over losing that we would continue to put up walls in order to protect it?  Is it the idea that we are to blame for something?  Is it facing the fact that we have hurt others with our rage?  Take a look at the cards, folks.  We have the Ace of Swords being held by the goddess of Love herself, Venus.  There is your Excalibur.  There is your key, everyone.  Watch everyone around you.  It’s easy to train your intuitive eye if you follow the patterns.  People ebb and flow like waves.  Emotions are ruled by the moon because they behave in just this way.  Our bodies are primarily water.  Watch as the consciousness rises, the fires get stoked, and the collective gets electric.  Then watch as it dips into new moon season and we fall into a hush.  The great thing is, during this hush, we can actually start to hear things.  This is the best time to get out of the woods.  You can see all the stars, you can see your way out, you can see the minds of those around you.  Now do it.  Open your fucking heart, and do it.  Come on guys.  The biggest and scariest things must be faced so that we can come into our power.  Mars is telling us 7 of Wands, or as Crowley titled the card, “Valour.”  You must do the right thing.  If not for others, for yourself.  You need to settle issues of the heart now, or it will hurt YOU in the long run.  Uranus wont let us get away with it.  You can run, but you can’t fucking hide form a sky god.  You can never tell where Uranus is going to emerge next.  You think you have put up all your safety nets and then, BAM MOTHERFUCKING CHAOS.  So, yeah, you’re going to have to face these things.  You are being pulled to face these things.  You are being put into these situations for a REASON.  In order to progress, innovate, receive flashes of insight, you need to attack the tough problems.  You know all those ideas of who you want to be coming into manifestation during the full moon in Saggo/Capricorn?  Well, now you are going to be tested.  If you are searching for Truth with a capital T, you are going to have to start with the heart.  That’s the secret of alchemy.

Jupiter (9 of Pentacles) and Pluto (2 of Wands)–  There is a hyper focus on material reality that has been permeating the collective psyche because of Jupiter.  Of course a party guy like Jupiter is literally forcing us to enjoy physical pleasures right now.  He is in an earth sign, Virgo, and gleefully floating dangerously close to Libra these days.  Have we at Heretical Oracles told you how excited we are for that transit?  Yeah, pretty stoked.  I digress.  So, Jupiter is reminding us what happens when we get too comfortable in our station.  Every coin has two sides.  9 of Pentacles tells us that our comfort will only lead to boredom and stagnation.  Once you have everything you materially think you need, and once you have exhausted your initial fun with your new toys, you will feel that existential dread set in.  Nothing can be avoided forever, friends.  Nothing.  These things will keep coming back, over and over again, like waves on the shore.  Crabs know this phenomenon and curse it every day, as the waves drive them back and forth.  You can’t avoid the spiritual work.  It’s time to do it.  While Jupiter is lounging around, getting fed grapes by a harem of super sexy women, and a swan (mythology geeks everywhere giggle), Pluto is building our courage.  She is rallying the troops inside of us, and making shock waves.  The 2 of Wands is all about getting that booming confidence back.  It’s about regaining your power and being able to look at the vast world ahead of you.  Pluto is telling us how we are going to get the most out of this new moon.  Here is the trigger point; transformation.  With Pluto in Capricorn, and Venus/Sun/Moon/Mercury in Cancer, the opposition is all about change of heart/ideas/psychology/ideals (I know Helios says it is too “wide” of an aspect for Pluto, but I think the inherent energy of these planets being in opposing signs creates a sort of opposition).  You are being forced to transform, but if you give in to this transformational process, it will be so fucking good for you.  2 of Wands tells us this is an opportunity to really step into our power; our self authority.  To find our strength, we need to crumble, change, and confront.  You are not small.  You are not delicate.  You are a warrior.  And don’t forget; your tribe is fighting this battle right alongside you.

New Moon Leo – Inner Flame

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Date– August 2nd, 2016

“But you’re gonna need a bullet proof soul
Think you got it, but you got all the trouble you need
I came in like a lamb
But I intend to leave like a lion” – Sade, Bullet Proof Soul

Yep.  I’m at my wit’s end as well.  I’m dangling by a thread, and my grip is slipping.  Where do we go from here, after this early summer has wrecked us and spat us back out?  We follow glorious Leo, always ready to lead us out of the darkness and into some solar power.  This Leo New Moon is the spark in the dark, the torch to carry on your way through the desolate tunnels.  This summer has gotten fucking bleak and brutal, hasn’t it?  As we write this article, the Full Moon Capricorn is on the horizon ready to put us face to face with our darkness and most rooted fears.  It feels like every time we stand up, we get punched in the fucking face once again.  What can thaw an endless winter?  Ah, the inner flame.  There is nothing like the inner flame.  The only way to grow this inner flame is to love and honor thyself.  You have personal power, so fuck the people who have convinced you that you are helpless and enslaved to their agendas, their love, their support.  A lot of you may be finding yourselves more alone than you ever have been at this point.  This is the charred remains of the double Saggo full moons and the emotionally traumatic New Moon Cancer on the 4th of July.  I can’t express to you guys enough: THIS IS TOWER YEAR.  And you have tribe, I assure you that you do, but this New Moon is going to teach us that… really… we don’t need anyone at all.    I have a mantra to get you through this season and it goes Sah Sekhem Sahu.” (click please)  It means “the breath,” “the source,” and “the spirit.”  It is a mantra used to gain strength, ignite your Solar Plexus, and call on the raw power of the lion headed Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet.  There was an endless thirst and rage in Sekhmet, and there must be one inside of you as well now.  The source never runs out of energy and power.  Dig deep and find it.  Now let’s light um’ up and rage on

Sun(Hangman), Moon(Emperor), Saturn (Ace of Wands), Pluto(8 of Swords), Neptune(7 of Cups)-  The only thing keeping me going at this point is a hard headed, relentless natal Mars in Taurus and enough Aquarius in a chart to run off of pure insanity.  I mean, I’m either insane or a glutton for punishment, but I have chosen the hard route, the fast and furious route of the “dark” gods.  I have chosen the route of shattered hearts and slaps to the face.  Do you know why?  Because our time is running out.  We are being pushed to jump.  There is no mistaking it.  Bombs are going off all around the world, and the fire inside is telling us that we must step into our power now or get curb stomped by the hungry forces at our heals.  Get your head right, because the illusions around us are thick as thieves.  Fuck, not only is Neptune the Queen of Illusion but the 7 of Cups is the card of illusion.  The Maya (Grand Illusion) is going to throw us temptations left and right.  What happened to Jesus, the Buddha, and countless other prophets when they began their Work?  Temptation.  They were seemingly handed all of the things they could ever want, and what did they do differently from your average person?  They turned those empty things away and focused on the real Work.  You must stand strong and have resolve.  You know what is not serving you and damaging either yourself or your entire tribe.  Our addictions, be it to things, substances, or people, are beginning to swallow us whole.  Seriously, get the fuck out of your self created delusions before the void hypnotizes you into a miserable “life” and empties your core.  All it takes is a cold, hard choice.  Make it.  You continue to talk yourself in circles with excuse after excuse as to why you haven’t gotten out of your cycle(s).  Stand up, shout, fight, because the illusions set before us aren’t going to let us get out alive.  This is a very decisive moon.  You can lie down and be defeated- really, it’s okay, most people in this life choose this route.  Or you can rise to your power (which, by the way, is not an easy journey or a gentle one).  We have a fucking blind spot when it comes to power games right now.  What’s the best way to combat this bullshit?  Smash things at first red flag.  There is a hesitation.  We may be unsure, blinding ourselves to our own ability to change.  The thing is, when a butterfly builds it’s cocoon, it probably has no fucking clue why it’s doing it.  Allow yourself to take that leap of faith and become that brand new person that your inner flame needs to survive.  If you are in a situation where you have allowed someone or something to overpower you, it is time to take responsibility.  Once we realize we had the power to get ourselves into a situation, we can realize we have the power to get ourselves out of the situation.  Take responsibility for your own power plays and your ability to fool even yourself.  We all enact our past traumas, but it takes a real courageous heart to admit when we have allowed our weaknesses to hurt us and those around us.  Now, remember, you are royalty.  You are a slave to nothing – not even yourself.

Mercury(King of Cups), Mars(3 of Pentacles)-  Okay, Mars is sick and tired of crawling backwards and being stuck in the muck of Scorpio.  He will be back in Saggo at this point and making moves.  His close proximity to Saturn is putting your drive in the hands of your goals.  This sounds like a really fucking good thing.  Channel all that sexual confusion being caused by the Mars/Venus square into your work.  Lay it on thick and see how your momentum will pick up.  Higher pursuits and higher goals are being addressed here, and it’s time to lay the architectural plans for your future- even if it now looks way fucking different than it did back in January.  We are not in lazy, confused Mars time.  We are in active, ready Mars time.  So let him loose, and stop draining your energy doing anything other than what you are suppose to be doing.  We are getting restless from the lies. What’s better?  To be coddled and told everything is okay when the whole world is on the verge of boiling, or to eat the harsh, cold truth?  It’s up to you, honestly.  The thing is, if you choose the first option, you will eventually find yourself living in a glass house of your illusions and someone is going to throw a stone one day and you’re going to be absolutely shattered.  If you take the later choice, it will hurt like knives to the chest but it will be illuminating and stimulating.  Saturn is forcing us to step up and to acknowledge our real inner “grand plan.”  What is your true goal?  Are you deviating from it?  If you are, it’s going to be like quick sand and you talking yourself into the illusion of anything other than your true goal is going to be easy as pie with Mercury and Neptune helping each other out in fucking you.  You’re going to feel a great urge to let things smooth over and to be sweet and kind and accommodating.  Don’t do it.  It’s a trap.  It’s the way you’re going to get sucked back in.  Speak your truth and speak it loudly, because the magnetic pull toward your destiny will be pulling harder than ever.  Fuck, picture that, we are literally being torn in two.  Cliche, I know, but red pill or blue pill?

Venus(The Devil), Uranus(Queen of Swords), Jupiter (5 of Swords), Chiron (7 of Wands)-  There is a Venus Square Mars going on, and this means that sexual desire and love are going to be confused as fuck.  For those of you with a natal Venus/Mars square, the illusion could get thicker than ever.  There is a lot of fire being sparked in our love lives, but we must be very careful and aware if the people we are opening our hearts to are there to enslave with desire or free our hearts and souls.  The devil is all about addiction and power plays.  This card is ruled by “Capricorn” who in turn is ruled by big bad daddy Saturn.  Someone said something to me the other day that has been swimming around non stop in my head and reminded me of this combination, There comes a point when the victim becomes a volunteer.”  Well, it’s your choice.  Do you allow yourself to sit comfortably in your victim label, or are you going to eat the souls of those that try and glamour you into servitude?  Love sets you free, it doesn’t bind you.  Keep that in mind.  If you are feeling enslaved, feel free to walk away.  Uranus in retrograde will be fresh off the runway at this point, and hard, cold truths are in store.  Expect a lot of the heartbreak and severing from the New Moon Cancer to continue full force into this New Moon Leo.  Uranus and Venus are having a conversation in the sky and also in this reading.  The Queen of Swords is ready to slay the Devil.  Let Uranus lend you strength.  It is time for things to change, and it is time to cut out the lovers, earthly delights, and monetary illusions.  The Queen of Swords in Uranus is telling us that, regardless of if we want it or not, the chaos from Uranus is going to rattle our fucking world and bring The Tower.  You will see your illusions.  The only question is, once Uranus gives you that flash of harsh insight, what the fuck are you going to do about it?

Vesta in Cancer – The Hidden and the Lost

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“The Solarians have given up something mankind has had for a million years; something worth more than atomic power, cities, agriculture, tools, fire, everything; because it’s something that made everything possible (…) The tribe, sir. Cooperation between individuals.”  ― Isaac Asimov, The Naked Sun

Cards: The Magician, Page of Cups, The King of Wands

Ah, Cancer, I guess we wont be rid of all of her influence yet. Just when I fucking thought it was over, the crab rolls back in like a maddening tide. Yes, Cancer is ruled by the moon and the moon, as we know, is the reason for the word “lunatic.” Cancers are sensitive as fuck.  They hide behind just about anything (a “cause,” a chair, a fake Facebook account) to protect their extra-ordinary tenderness. Once you pierce their obstruction, you see the scared, helpless child underneath with eternal mommy issues (thanks Luna). That’s the under-developed, gloomy as all hell Cancerean personality.

There are plenty of Cancers I know who portray the lifeblood power of this sign, but most cannot truly embody the shamanic spirit of Cancer.  The Magician.  It takes a lot of guts to be able to flow and help others float on one’s terrible sea of emotions instead of drowning everyone in miles of salty tears.  I wont let you forget this; the Vesta Priestesses were severely punished for letting the fires go out in Vesta’s temple.  Figure out your natural flow; everything in nature has a pattern.  Once you find your flow, your song, your rhythm of existence, you can meet your overwhelming emotions head on and shamaniclly experience them.  This means transmutating them into something that the tribe can use to heal and continue on this eternal journey ahead of us.

Cancer has to take that leap of faith into trusting others before they can evolve into their “greater form.” The hardest thing in the world to do is to submit your personal will and put your trust in a collective narrative.  The Page of cups is all about powerlessness toward our emotions.  Cancer is a sign that is very prone to trauma, so working on trust with others is very important right now.  Please also be aware that the Page of Cups, because of her emotionally immature nature and rose colored glasses, is very prone to giving her trust to the wrong individuals and shattering her trust in anyone for the future.  This is why most Cancers develop such hard shells over time.  To learn the lesson of “trust” one must first learn to trust one’s intuition.  People may talk the game and verbally lure you in, but if they don’t feel right in your gut…

Once you find the tribe that you need to keep your lifeblood going – the people who seem to be made of parts of you – your will is going to explode.  King of Wands.  This is the stuff that we really need right now.  A good solid motherfucking crew to help us through this ugly time.  If we band together because of our similarities, if we trust in each other and our causes, we will be able to push some great change into the world.  The thing is, we must channel our inner shaman in order for us to get out a message that isn’t convoluted with our past traumas and trigger points.   Don’t fuck with your home girls who are trying to help you along. Trust isn’t built on trickster energy or a viciously competitive nature.  Trust comes from behaving like the King of Wands – a visionary who dives head first into a situation and leads people through being with them – enlivening their spirit – not squashing everyone around them in a bought of emotionally fueled paranoid psychosis.

Poking and prodding and testing is natural for this Vesta in Cancer energy.  Are you really committed to this?  Don’t worry, Cancer, the world is not as dangerous as you think it is and most people have good intentions.  Now chill the fuck out and be the shaman who is in touch with the rhythms of the world, people around you, and the health of your tribe instead of the emotional dead weight we all have to lug around.  Damn, was that too harsh?  Well, Cancer, you are too god damn important to the tribe to waste away Netflix and chilling your whole life.  You need to get out there and help shape the culture of your tribe.  That is your place, shaman.  Purge those god damn emotions and use them for a purpose.  Now everyone, we have some heavy spiritual work to do.  Let’s build the world’s spiritual fires once again.

Fight your goddamn inner demons so that you can put your energy into your tribe.  There is nothing like fighting for the ones you love, and supporting the fuck out of those that speak to your spirit.  Motherfuckin’ soul tribe time.